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The End Of Eternity. Read more · The Kings of Eternity · Read more · The End of Eternity. Read more · The End of Eternity · Read more · The End of Eternity. “The End of Eternity” is a Pathfinder Adventure Path scenario designed for four 9th-level characters. By the end of this adventure, characters should reach 11th. selected novels ~ End of Eternity and Robots and Empire and closely follow. Asimov's analyses and critiques on different aspects of society as he creates.
Asimov makes the point that species evolve to adapt to their environment. However, since humans are able to adapt their environments to suit them, he postulates that humans have and will continue to evolve at much slower rates than beings that are unable to modify their environments. So we guess that future humans aren't that much different genetically from present-day humans. One wonders. My next read is Hominids a book I've been wanting for ages which I received as a birthday gift which imagines a parallel universe where Neanderthals did not die out or intermix with homo sapiens and eventually became more technologically advanced than we have during the same time period.
I have a strong intrigue concerning the what-ifs of our evolutionary might-have-beens or our evolutionary future.
I think fiction like this appeals to me simply because I only have one life to live and will never see our evolutionary future thousands or millions of years from now beyond an author's imagination. I'd love to see a far distant future as imagined by Asimov. I'll certainly read Asimov again. The content of the story was merely okay, but the questions that he created for me while I was reading have left me wanting more.
Nov 07, fromcouchtomoon rated it really liked it. Asimov is doing a couple of things here that raise a dull story to interesting, but you won't be able to catch it until the final two chapters. Dare I say this is a feminist critique of society? I mean, as critical as a '50s dude from sexist academia could deliver? And delivered in quite possibly the most offensive way possible, at least to modern sensibilities?
It partly serves as a polemic against critics of the space program I smell a colleague confrontation brewing, Asi , partly an effor Asimov is doing a couple of things here that raise a dull story to interesting, but you won't be able to catch it until the final two chapters.
It partly serves as a polemic against critics of the space program I smell a colleague confrontation brewing, Asi , partly an effort to challenge the '50s male view of, ahem, "girls," but mostly just a lame time travel romance with a pretty cool twist ending almost exactly the kind my cynical self always hopes will happen in romance stories but never does.
BUT, is this the very first time a time travel story employs magazine ads as communication between eras? If so, that's pretty cool! Si eres de los que ha crecido y flipado con las innumerables historias sobre viajes en el tiempo y sus paradojas, hazte con "El Fin de la eternidad". Muy bien hilvanados todos los acontecimientos de principio a fin, con un desenlace genial, aunque un poco previsible.
Aug 10, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: Superb Asimov story and his best novel not set within the Foundation and Robot Universe. May 07, Anand Srinivas rated it it was amazing Shelves: I'm a SF buff, a big Asimov fan, and I'd rate this book among his very best.
Having read through most of Asimov's Robot and Foundation series, what drew me to read The End of Eternity was the often mentioned fact that this book describes why Asimov's fictional universe panned out the way it did. And I wasn't disappointed. What a story!
One of the things I like most about Asimov's SF is how small and insignificant it makes you feel when it speaks about millions of inhabited planets spread across t I'm a SF buff, a big Asimov fan, and I'd rate this book among his very best. One of the things I like most about Asimov's SF is how small and insignificant it makes you feel when it speaks about millions of inhabited planets spread across the galaxy. This book makes me feel insignificant again, but in an uniquely different way as it speaks about life on earth alone divided into 'centuries' of time, in a way similar to having thousands of different planets.
The 'Eternals' who traverse and curate these chunks of time eventually find the flaw in their own methods, and following a theme that exists across many of Asimov's stories, let the uncontrollable imperfections of humanity that make it human win.
A must read for Asimov fans. Jan 09, Rose rated it really liked it Shelves: Even though I tend to pick them apart, I love stories dealing with time-travel.
Most end up creating what should be a paradox or forget little things that I tend to pick up on. Not this one.
Asimov did a spectacular job. I thought I had him a couple of times but he covered everything. Eternity, in this case, is something separate from our reality. The people who live there, the Eternals, have the ability to tweak our reality to produce different outcomes from those that occurred naturally. They s Even though I tend to pick them apart, I love stories dealing with time-travel. Things ran smoothly for a long time until Eternal Harlan meets a girl.
Everything always gets mucked up because of us, right? The writing was dated but not horribly so. Women were still not equals, but I think in the end we actually were. A definite must-read for time-travel lovers!! Mar 20, Mark Harding rated it really liked it.
Less than pages.
The same material nowadays would be expanded to at least pages or probably a trilogy. Well cool ideas: Time Travel! I am a huge fan of time travel, particularly when it's done well.
And, should I expect anything less in the hands of Asimov? Long before we learned how to harness the pathways of time and to make the proper adjustments to each time reality, Asimov bequeathed to us this incredible novel that postulates a world where there me travel exists in a corridor known as Eternity and the Eternals, who live in this narrow corridor, travel tens of thousands of years in something like Wonka's gia Time Travel!
Long before we learned how to harness the pathways of time and to make the proper adjustments to each time reality, Asimov bequeathed to us this incredible novel that postulates a world where there me travel exists in a corridor known as Eternity and the Eternals, who live in this narrow corridor, travel tens of thousands of years in something like Wonka's giant glass elevators. They call them kettles. But, Asimov doesn't stop there with time travel tourism. In Eternity, the Eternals curate time.
They analyze alternate realities and prevent great calamities like cancer or atomic war. A little adjustment now and then never hurt anybody. But what if one of the Eternals meets a mere mortal in a time existence and falls for her many charms? Not hard to do because like the bunch of eggheads the science fiction boys were, there was always a "no girls allowed" sign out. And how does he protect this young lass from time adjustments that just might wink her out of existence?
Where can he hide her? How does he escape notice with this time crime? This is a brilliant wonderful book that only gets better the deeper you dive into it with all the time traps, time dilemmas, and paradoxical circles you can think up.
Aug 21, Lynley rated it liked it Shelves: This book has among the best beginnings I've ever read. I must have picked this book up about 10 years ago but it wasn't my book so I only read the first chapter or so. That first chapter stayed in my mind long after I'd forgotten the title, but in a commitment to find out what happened next, I finally sniffed out this Isaac Asimov book and read the rest. Naturally, an impression such as that was never going to live up to my ex 5 stars for the start, 2 stars for the middle, 5 stars for the ending.
Naturally, an impression such as that was never going to live up to my expectations. From what I've read about Isaac Asimov the author, he was fairly forward looking for his time, and not just in scientific thinking. One of his non-fiction books is called 'The Intelligent Man's Guide To Science', which today seems hopelessly sexist, but apparently Asimov himself didn't want such a sexist title.
Unfortunately, the publisher had the final say, because that's just how things were in those days. In this story, a small part of me is sad that Asimov couldn't imagine a workforce which included women as equals. I know, it seems churlish to even bring this point up, because the whole point of the book is that humankind failed to evolve.
But even today there is a subculture of men who still react as Andrew Harlan did to an attractive woman in the workforce, blaming her for attracting him because of the fashion of the day. This was a necessary part of the plot, but it conjured up unpleasant political feelings that I'd been hoping to avoid in a work of science fiction.
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Even a mind such as Asimov's failed to predict how much feminism would advance in the few short years immediately following his death. That's not the only thing he failed to predict and it seems pointless criticising him for any of it, in a way. The plot got a bit complex halfway through and I'd stopped focusing on the nit-picky details after a while, because this is a story after all.
According to actual science, time travel to the past isn't even theoretically possible, so I went all out and suspended disbelief of everything. I'm sure SF fans are well-used to doing this, but I still have my training wheels. This skipping over the details meant that I lost the plot a bit. My main problem, though, was with the concept of human evolution.
I suspect humans are devolving physically while evolving culturally. That is entirely possible. Those two different types of evolution weren't separated, instead lumped into one. The ending was superb. I was really wondering how Asimov might tie things up in a satisfactory way, and he did it. Had I not already read that, and been introduced to the idea of infinite realities, this book may have blown my mind too. May 15, Fuad Al Fidah rated it it was amazing.
Nov 29, Bar Reads rated it it was amazing Shelves: Officially my favourite book read in ! Recommended to Omaira by: Los Hacedores hacedores3.
Solo a partir de el nacimiento de la Eternidad comienzan a pasar cosas tan locas como las que hay durante todo el libro, doy fe de ello. Nos encontramos bien, con el protagonista Andrew Harlan. Me ha gustado y me ha dejado con muy buen sabor de boca ha sido el romance de este libro. Y Noys siente curiosidad por ese Eterno que siempre permanece serio y la evita. De ninguna otra manera, no quiero que cambies ni para bien ni para mal. Te he amado mucho antes de conocerte. No el eterno hogar de la humanidad, sino el punto de partida de una infinita aventura This is a concern that Bataille would have shared, not denied.
Agamben is right to credit Bataille with attempting to theorize bare life, but wrong to see Bataille as somehow privileging bare life as sacred in his sense of the term. Bataille did not regard the Holocaust as an act of mad sacrificial passion; on the contrary, he believed it to be the catastrophic culmination of instrumental reason brought to its pitch in the attempt to install an enduring authoritative regime through the eradication of all otherness that might call into question the secure collective identity of those exercising power.
Reason threatens to reduce the other to a thing, in some cases to bare life. The principle of sacrifice, according to Bataille, opposes reduction to thinghood.
It aims to return what has been rendered a thing to the realm of intimacy.
Another was thinking community itself along lines opposing the usurpative, homogenizing inclinations of both traditional social structures and fascist movements. The fusion of which Bataille spoke was thus never the totalizing fusion or bundling of the social collective under fascism. The fusion Bataille theorized and sought was not aimed toward eternity, homogeneity, and power—the power that makes things of others—but rather to a fleeting experience of union, a dissolution expressed and experienced in the ecstatic embrace of time, and predicated on, sparked by, exposure to alterity.
It is the assent to life in the form of a risk undertaken in passion. Never an imposition of power, community is a union without unity, without transcendence into an eternalized totality, sameness, or oneness. This is the sacrificial community that Bataille confers to us—a community in which all are, and want to be, victims with no executioner except the ecstasy that awaits at the end of eternity.
Translation slightly altered. More pertinently, pricing of the goods traded in such an exchange is an important question. Various natural calculations might support the calculation of address costs, including but not limited to average revenue per address, operational costs averaged over all addresses held, and so on.
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Our primary contention here is that the RIRs should not engage in price setting directly. Doing so would at the very least invite regulation. There may be a case for placing caps on trades as an antispeculation measure, but that requires further analysis. What exactly the "goods" are in this case also needs consideration.
Our preference is that what is traded is the right to use a prefix, rather than a prefix itself. Quite apart from the inherent oddness in selling a bit integer with 5-bit netmask , we should avoid the land registry model, where all the previous history of a prefix must be checked before sale.
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We need the RIR to intermediate itself and provide quality evaluation services rather than leaving it up to the end downloader. We should also not be selling rights to use prefixes of fixed sizes. The exchange needs to offer a spread of lengths in order to meet the needs of all potential customers.
You Say You Want a Revolution To be sure, a change in the perceptual or legal status of IP addresses is a revolution in how we do things. The ramifications of IP addresses becoming property, or even acquiring intermediate states with property-like title rights, are manifold and they involve sweeping changes.
Suddenly things that had no value have a clear public worth. Will organizations then be compelled to list addresses on their books as an asset? Could they then be taxed on them? What would such a tax rate be? Could organizations not actually using the asset say, the RIRs avoid this charge?
Would transfers entail a taxable operation? These questions are significant and difficult. The right thing for the community is almost undoubtedly that IP addresses do not become simple property, but rather have at a minimum transfer and sale rights associated with them. In this way we could enable liquidity without complications, and avoid introducing extra complications at a difficult time. But it is unclear whether regulatory authorities will see it this way without the correct guidance.
The change in legal status of IP addresses is not the only violent change that could be unleashed by exhaustion.
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Consider, for example, the potential for litigation led by both new entrants unable to acquire an allocation to fulfill their business plan and incumbents seeking to either cause confusion as an anticompetitive measure against just about anyone or to try to disrupt any fragile consensus about how the last allocations play out. Leaving aside the question of whether simple prudence would recommend or deprecate such a move, there is a very clear risk of attempted litigation affecting the outcome of the end game.
However, one of the major benefits of a market is that it allows the RIRs to maintain a hands-off approach while still making it at least theoretically possible for an organization to get an independent allocation. The community can be doing all that it realistically can to continue the flow of IPv4, in terms of creating conditions fostering its dissemination, while being seen to be doing such, rather than simply running out of ideas and giving up.
It could, of course, be seen—not unfairly—that participating in the transition to a market mechanism might amount to the effective transference of title to those who happened to be in the room at the time of exhaustion, an effective "insider privatization. Although there are plenty of incumbents who would value having more address space to continue their business over the cash value of their addresses, so rendering entrance to the market impossible, there are plenty of other organizations that have only ever used a portion of their first allocation and would theoretically be well motivated to disburse these addresses accordingly.
To avoid exceptional attention from regulatory authorities, and to prevent the exchange from failing, we should design the exchange to deter in a systematic way the misbehavior of markets: speculation, hoarding, cartels, price fixing, and regional disadvantage should all be made as difficult as possible within the context of running a limited-membership market.
If we define speculation as short-term dealing with no expectation of use, we may be able to limit this kind of behavior naturally as a consequence of the membership-based participation inherent in the RIR model, and as a function of the periodic nature of routing filter generation.
Increasing the price with short-term speculation disincentivizes the end downloadr with a use expectation from actually downloading the prefix, because there will be a time delay before it can be used; therefore the downloadr with no use expectation will find it more difficult to find a downloader if the price rises to unreasonably high levels.
Hoarding, defined as long-term speculation with no use expectation, is bad for the exchange in that thickness is reduced, but also bad for the hoarder because the long-term value of the asset should decrease, in line with the increase in deployment of IPv6.
The formation of cartels would actually be quite a practical difficulty, especially under the closer attention likely to be paid to the exchange by competition authorities. Notwithstanding the coordination difficulties, we are inclined to say again that enough downloaders should help to control this problem sufficiently to make the exchange work. Regional disadvantage is, however we look at this situation, a problem. If scarcity is likely to lead to some monetary value being placed on address space, we face a vista where regional disadvantage can only be reduced, not eliminated.
The inequality is, ultimately, one of the most compelling reasons to minimize the length of the transition period, and it would benefit us all to do so.
Some measures go part way toward alleviating the problem. For instance, regional cooperation can help—in a market, if downloaders cooperate and bulk download, the threshold for organizations that would otherwise be facing a prohibitive barrier to entry would be reduced. If we do not have a globally accessible exchange, it does not necessarily mean that the organizations will simply fail, entrenching the regional inequality, but they may respond by trying to fulfill their customer requirements by means of private, uncoordinated trading, with all the problems that entails.
We note that it is probably best to structure the actual trades as auctions, rather than facilitated marketplace transactions. When quality is asserted, one prefix is much like another—at least compared to prefixes of a similar size—and treating them as a commodity in this way facilitates the enforcement of policies on a centralized basis.The movie ends with a long shot of Harlan walking away from the camera, alone, down a highway.
We can assume, therefore, that no such scheme would ever make it past the policy-making apparatus of bottom-up-influenced RIRs. However, since humans are able to adapt their environments to suit them, he postulates that humans have and will continue to evolve at much slower rates than beings that are unable to modify their environments.
Even if they are oversized, identifying them without inducing either unworkable bureaucracy or a chilling effect on the operations of the organization would be a significant task, not lightly undertaken.
Even a mind such as Asimov's failed to predict how much feminism would advance in the few short years immediately following his death.
The people with the time machines are a shadowy, infinitely powerful organisation called the Eternals. Furthermore, the RIRs are unlikely to be made available for onward sale or transfer to other organizations with "different values," and would maintain their traditionally community-focused policy-making apparatus.
That said, some characters believe in "temporal inertia" , and that effects from changes return to a hypothetical baseline after a nunber of centuries, rather than creating further diremptions.
However, such a scheme necessarily assumes that some set of requests are oversized, and can in fact be shrunk with no ill effects.
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